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Crikey, it's the weekend already..? Ah well, we'll take it!

Looking back on this week, it's kinda felt like a bit of a quieter one, but we've still had some pretty sizeable news items drop. The top story this week was undoubtedly the reveal of the new Lego set based on the Legend of Zelda franchise's Deku Tree; it's an expensive one, but a beautiful one.

We also received a very brief tease for the upcoming Dragon Quest III remake (or could it be an entire trilogy..?), so that's pretty exciting. In other game reveals, although not quite confirmed for the Switch at this time, Celeste's composer revealed the intriguing ANOTHEREAL for Steam.

It's also heavily rumoured that 2K might have secured the licensing rights to FIFA, which would put it ina position to legitimately challenge EA's own footballing franchise, EA Sports FC.

So with that done, let's check out what we're going to be booting up this weekend, shall we?

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

I rolled credits on Animal Well this week which means I only have about 97% of the game left to complete. I’m planning to do a good bit of exploring this weekend and see how many times I can mutter to myself “Wait, how long have I been able to do that?”

I have also got a real hankering to play some Astro’s Playroom on the other console. Despite it sitting there as long as I’ve had my PS5, I’ve never touched it. I should probably rectify that, right?

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

I've been drawn back into the world of Danganronpa, so I've been playing Trigger Happy Havoc again. I'm in the market for a PS Vita, so I've been scouring eBay quite a bit recently. I've got such good memories of playing Danganronpa on my original Vita during lunch breaks at work, and I'm so annoyed at myself for getting rid of it. Stoopid.

Elsewhere, I finally bought God of War Ragnarok on the PS5. I don't know why I put it off for so long, but goodness, it's really good so far. The combat is top notch and I absolutely love Ryan Hurst's performance as Thor.

Alex Olney, Video Producer

Last Christmas, I received NieR Automata: End of YoRHa Edition, and I'm ashamed to say I've only very recently started playing it. Naturally I went straight in on the Hard difficulty, and anyone who knows the game will know that that was likely a mistake. After an hour or so of trying I just decided that 'Normal' is fine too.

So I'll be playing that this weekend. That and some Nocturnal (good game).

Gavin Lane, Editor

After dipping back into Tears of the Kingdom last weekend, I'm now busy in the skies above Faron. I'm also eager to get back to Shadows of Valentia, and the talk around Hades II over the last month has me wanting to return to the original and escape the Ol' Man a few more times. If I remember correctly, I only beat him twice, so there's plenty more work to get to the proper ending.

I've also (fingers crossed) managed to bag myself a free PS4 from a relative, so I'm compiling a shortlist of exclusive last-gen PlayStation games to catch up on. Right now it's Last of Us Part II, The Last Guardian, Bloodborne, and Spider-Man. Let me know in the comments if there's anything else truly unmissable I should look out for.

Kate Gray, Contributor

This weekend I'm on holiday, and — don't kill me, please — I didn't bring my Switch. But I did bring my Steam Deck. Most of the newer games I've bought have been PC exclusives, so it made more sense, even though it's a lot bulkier.

I'm going to Banff, which means most of my weekend will hopefully be spent outside, but when I'm not outside I might give Slay the Princess a go! I've been looking forward to playing it for a long time and just haven't had the time. I also just bought Sun Haven to fill the farming game-shaped spot in my heart that has been going unfulfilled for a while. I hope it's good!

Gonçalo Lopes, Contributor

It is somehow June and I am still dabbing in Unicorn Overlord. With the last continent under the crushing iron fist of my absolute rule, the end game is at hand. It will be of no surprise to tell you I have yet to conquer the final boss from Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown so maybe, possibly this weekend I can put that behind me. I’ve dusted off my 8bitdo arcade stick and will be playing inhuman amounts of Devil Blade Reboot, Astrolancer, Ginga Force and Natsuki Chronicles on PC. When that shmup itch hits, you have to scratch it. And on that note...

My game of the week is Macross Shooting Insight. By far this is the definition of “average shmup” on all accounts but the special physical edition was priced just right for me to resist. Being a huge Macross fan I confess that this is fan service done right. Sadly as you might imagine, the licenced soundtrack is very streaming unfriendly, with copyright notices popping up on every boss fight. Curse you, protoculture!

That's what we have planned for the weekend, but what about you? Fill in the following poll with the game that you will be maining over the next few days and then slide into the comments to let us know what other titles are on the cards.

What are you playing this weekend (1st/2nd June)? (526 votes)

  1. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Switch)82
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Switch)22
  3. Splatoon 3 (Switch)11
  4. Super Mario Bros. Wonder (Switch)9
  5. Animal Well (Switch eShop)9
  6. Unicorn Overlord (Switch)7
  7. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)7
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch)6
  9. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch)5
  10. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (Switch)5
  11. Picross S Namco Legendary Edition (Switch eShop)5
  12. Princess Peach: Showtime! (Switch)4
  13. Balatro (Switch eShop)4
  14. NieR:Automata The End of YoRHa Edition (Switch)4
  15. Pikmin 4 (Switch)4
  16. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)4
  17. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (Switch)4
  18. Metroid Prime Remastered (Switch)4
  19. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Switch)4
  20. stitch. (Switch eShop)4
  21. Hollow Knight (Switch eShop)3
  22. Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War (SNES)3
  23. Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (SNES)3
  24. Stardew Valley (Switch eShop)3
  25. Hades (Switch eShop)3
  26. Minecraft (Switch)3
  27. F-Zero 99 (Switch eShop)3
  28. Sea of Stars (Switch eShop)3
  29. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition (Switch)3
  30. Dave The Diver (Switch eShop)3
  31. Super Mario Maker 2 (Switch)3
  32. Persona 5 Royal (Switch)3
  33. Monster Hunter Rise (Switch)3
  34. Tactics Ogre: Reborn (Switch)3
  35. Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord (Switch eShop)2
  36. Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition (Switch)2
  37. Batman Arkham Trilogy (Switch)2
  38. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (GCN)2
  39. Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory (Neo Geo)2
  40. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (GCN)2
  41. Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition (Switch)2
  42. Fate/Samurai Remnant (Switch)2
  43. Metroid Dread (Switch)2
  44. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)2
  46. Picross S+ (Switch eShop)2
  47. Vampire Survivors (Switch eShop)2
  48. No Man's Sky (Switch)2
  49. Endless Ocean: Luminous (Switch)2
  50. Ring Fit Adventure (Switch)2
  51. Nobody Saves The World (Switch eShop)2
  52. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles (Switch)2
  53. Resident Evil Revelations (Switch eShop)2
  54. Mother 3 (GBA)2
  55. Astral Chain (Switch)2
  56. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition (Switch eShop)2
  57. Persona 4 Golden (Switch eShop)2
  58. Super Mario Land (GB)2
  59. Alleyway (GB)2
  60. Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Switch)2
  61. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch)2
  62. Little Kitty, Big City (Switch eShop)2
  63. SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions (Switch eShop)2
  64. Another Crab's Treasure (Switch eShop)2
  65. Process of Elimination (Switch)2
  66. Octopath Traveler II (Switch)2
  67. Kingdom Come Deliverance: Royal Edition (Switch)2
  68. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)2
  69. Fortnite (Switch eShop)2
  70. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Switch)2
  71. Pokémon Colosseum (GCN)2
  72. Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout (Switch)2
  73. Tiny Thor (Switch eShop)1
  74. Samba de Amigo: Party Central (Switch)1
  75. SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition (Switch eShop)1
  76. Yo-Kai Watch 3 (3DS)1
  77. Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road (Switch)1
  78. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Switch)1
  79. Library of Ruina (Switch eShop)1
  80. Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (Switch)1
  81. Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (GBA)1
  82. INAZUMA ELEVEN: Victory Road Worldwide Beta Test Demo "Leave Your Inazuma Mark on the World!" (Switch eShop)1
  83. Terranigma (SNES)1
  84. Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection (Switch)1
  85. Inazuma Eleven 2 Firestorm (DS)1
  86. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (Switch)1
  87. Hentai Girls: Fresh Firefighter (Switch eShop)1
  88. Girls Und Panzer: Dream Tank Match DX (Switch eShop)1
  89. Meme Run (Wii U eShop)1
  90. Pokémon Dash (DS)1
  91. LovePlus+ (DS)1
  92. Doom (Switch eShop)1
  93. Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch)1
  94. Webbed (Switch eShop)1
  95. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D (3DS)1
  96. Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince (Switch)1
  97. Dark Souls: Remastered (Switch)1
  98. Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition (Switch)1
  99. Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix (Switch)1
  100. EA Sports FC 24 (Switch)1
  101. Art Of Balance (Switch eShop)1
  102. SongPop Party (Switch eShop)1
  103. Brigandine: The Legend Of Runersia (Switch eShop)1
  104. Touhou Luna Nights (Switch eShop)1
  105. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Switch eShop)1
  106. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot + A New Power Awakens Set (Switch)1
  107. Sonic Mania Plus (Switch)1
  108. Sonic Origins Plus (Switch)1
  109. Sonic Frontiers (Switch)1
  110. Koral (Switch eShop)1
  111. Piffle (Switch eShop)1
  112. Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch)1
  113. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Switch)1
  114. Suika Game (Switch eShop)1
  115. Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 (Switch eShop)1
  116. Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream (Switch)1
  117. Cult of the Lamb (Switch eShop)1
  118. Slime Rancher: Plortable Edition (Switch eShop)1
  119. Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun! (Switch)1
  120. Def Jam Vendetta (GCN)1
  121. Cris Tales (Switch)1
  122. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Switch)1
  123. Pokémon HOME (Switch eShop)1
  124. Silent Hope (Switch eShop)1
  125. Kirby's Dream Buffet (Switch eShop)1
  126. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES)1
  127. BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition (Switch eShop)1
  128. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (Switch)1
  129. Putt-Putt Saves The Zoo (Switch eShop)1
  130. Putt-Putt Travels Through Time (Switch eShop)1
  131. Nintendo 64 - Nintendo Switch Online (Switch eShop)1
  132. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX (Switch)1
  133. NBA 2K23 (Switch)1
  134. 9 Years of Shadows (Switch eShop)1
  135. Collection of Mana (Switch)1
  136. Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (GBA)1
  137. The Bug Butcher (Switch eShop)1
  138. Patrick's Parabox (Switch eShop)1
  139. BLUE REFLECTION: Second Light (Switch)1
  140. Skylanders SWAP Force (Wii U)1
  141. Link's Crossbow Training (Wii)1
  142. Huntdown (Switch eShop)1
  143. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch)1
  144. Donkey Kong Country (SNES)1
  145. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Switch)1
  146. UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH II Sys:Celes (Switch)1
  147. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium (Switch eShop)1
  148. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R (Switch eShop)1
  149. Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom (Switch)1
  150. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Switch)1
  151. Lorelei and the Laser Eyes (Switch eShop)1
  152. Star Ocean: The Second Story R (Switch)1
  153. EarthBound (SNES)1
  154. KONOSUBA - God's Blessing on this Wonderful World! Love For These Clothes Of Desire! (Switch)1
  155. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Switch)1
  156. Saint Maker (Switch eShop)1
  157. Perfect Gold: The Alchemy of Happiness (Switch eShop)1
  158. Spirit Hunter: Death Mark II (Switch)1
  159. Pikmin 1+2 (Switch)1
  160. Metroid: Other M (Wii)1
  161. Bravely Default II (Switch)1
  162. Eastward (Switch eShop)1
  163. Goodboy Galaxy (GBA)1
  164. Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Switch)1
  165. Slay the Spire (Switch eShop)1
  166. STAR WARS: Knights of the Old Republic (Switch eShop)1
  167. Pepper Grinder (Switch eShop)1
  168. Pokémon Platinum (DS)1
  169. Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)1
  170. Super Mario RPG (Switch)1
  171. BurgerTime Deluxe (GB)1
  172. Tents and Trees (Switch eShop)1
  173. Sid Meier's Civilization VI (Switch)1
  174. Stick Fight: The Game (Switch eShop)1
  175. Sky: Children of the Light (Switch eShop)1
  176. Disney Dreamlight Valley (Switch eShop)1
  177. Clannad (Switch eShop)1
  178. Theatrhythm Final Bar Line (Switch)1
  179. Retro Game Challenge 1 + 2 Replay (Switch)1
  180. ghostpia Season One (Switch eShop)1
  181. Disney Speedstorm (Switch eShop)1
  182. Nintendo presents: New Style Boutique 2 - Fashion Forward (3DS)1
  183. Winx Club: Saving Alfea (3DS)1
  184. Killer Instinct (SNES)1
  185. Miraculous: Rise of the Sphinx (Switch eShop)1
  186. Fall Guys (Switch eShop)1
  187. LEGO Battles (DS)1
  188. Sonic Superstars (Switch)1
  189. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (GBC)1
  190. Hollow (Switch eShop)1
  191. Danganronpa Decadence (Switch)1
  192. Bastion (Switch eShop)1
  193. Sonic Colors Ultimate (Switch)1
  194. Hogwarts Legacy (Switch)1
  195. Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade (Wii U)1
  196. Superman: The New Adventures (N64)1
  197. Vroom in the Night Sky (Switch eShop)1
  198. SPOGS Racing (WiiWare)1
  199. Deal or No Deal (DS)1
  200. The Amazing Spider-Man: Ultimate Edition (Wii U)1
  201. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Switch)1
  202. Nintendo Switch Sports (Switch)1
  203. Alchemic Dungeons DX (Switch eShop)1
  204. Picross -LogiartGrimoire- (Switch eShop)1
  205. Dragon Quest Treasures (Switch)1
  206. Capes (Switch eShop)1
  207. Biomutant (Switch)1
  208. Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak (Switch eShop)1
  209. Assassin's Creed III Remastered (Switch)1
  210. Please, Touch The Artwork (Switch eShop)1
  211. Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)1
  212. Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)1
  213. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Switch)1
  214. Chants of Sennaar (Switch eShop)1
  215. Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate (Switch)1
  216. Pikmin 2 (Switch eShop)1
  217. DOOM Eternal (Switch eShop)1
  218. Super Princess Peach (DS)1
  219. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (Switch)1
  220. Super Paper Mario (Wii)1
  221. Rhythm Heaven Fever (Wii)1
  222. Persona 3 Portable (Switch eShop)1
  223. Tetris Effect: Connected (Switch eShop)1
  224. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Switch)1
  225. Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise DLC (Switch eShop)1
  226. Paper Mario: Color Splash (Wii U)1
  227. Final Fantasy II (SNES)1
  228. Streets of Rage 4 (Switch eShop)1
  229. Doom 3 (Switch eShop)1
  230. Super Mario 64 (N64)1
  231. Soul Searching (Switch eShop)1
  232. Koloro (Switch eShop)1
  233. Kirby Star Allies (Switch)1
  234. Paper Mario (N64)1
  235. Tomodachi Life (3DS)1
  236. Octopath Traveler (Switch)1
  237. Final Fantasy VI (Switch eShop)1
  238. Go Vacation (Switch)1
  239. Touch Detective 3 + The Complete Case Files (Switch)1
  240. Pickleball Smash (Switch eShop)1
  241. Gardening Mama 2: Forest Friends (3DS)1
  242. Super Puzzle Pack 2 (Switch eShop)1
  243. Raindrop Sprinters (Switch eShop)1
  244. Persona 5 Tactica (Switch)1
  245. The Messenger (Switch eShop)1
  246. LEGO DC Super-Villains (Switch)1
  247. Picross S6 (Switch eShop)1
  248. Immortals Fenyx Rising (Switch)1
  249. Grandia HD Collection (Switch eShop)1
  250. Overwatch 2 (Switch eShop)1
  251. Castlevania Anniversary Collection (Switch eShop)1
  252. Splatoon 3: Side Order (Switch eShop)1
  253. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy (Switch eShop)1
  254. AEW: Fight Forever (Switch)1
  255. Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons (Switch eShop)1
  256. Hidden Through Time (Switch eShop)1
  257. Life is Strange: Arcadia Bay Collection (Switch eShop)1
  258. Mega Man 4 (NES)1
  259. FIFA: Road to World Cup 98 (N64)1
  260. Duck Hunt (NES)1
  261. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA)1
  262. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS)1
  263. Fantasy Life (3DS)1
  264. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (3DS)1
  265. Apex Legends (Switch eShop)1
  266. Spelunky 2 (Switch eShop)1
  267. The King of Fighters '98 (Neo Geo)1
  268. Pokémon Emerald (GBA)1
  269. Wife Quest (Switch eShop)1
  270. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate (3DS)1
  271. Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Switch eShop)1
  272. The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails (Switch)1
  273. AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative (Switch)1
  274. Doom II (Switch eShop)1
  275. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered (Switch)1
  276. Mini Metro (Switch eShop)1